Cork Gig Guide: 23rd May-29th May

This week in Cork: New Jackson, Ailbhe Reddy, So Far Sounds & more...

David Kitt's New Jackson is charged with closing the curtains on the month of May with an album launch show in The Bowery as part of the May edition of Sunday Times! This is the official Cork launch of NJ's double LP From Night to Night so expect to be groovin' and shapin' until the early hours.

CSN's year culminates in Song Factory, with music, management and sound students taking to the Granary to perform each other's songs on Tuesday night while CIMC welcomes Meds (Muireann Levis, Ellen King, Dan Walsh) and Nonsleep (Patrick Cullen and Underling) to Gulpd for an evening of improvised treats on Wednesday. Cork folk supergroup SomeRiseSome Fall - featuring Hank Wedel, Ger Wolfe, Annette Buckley, Martin Leahy & Edel Sullivan - launch their debut album SomeClimb in Coughlan's on Thursday night ahead of a Friday night double-header in the same spot from up and coming folkies Ailbhe Reddy and Maria Kelly, with big things expected for both, on the national and international front. Another secret show from surprise gig collective So Far Sounds takes place - somewhere - that same night (Friday).

Film fans make their way west with Fastnet Short Film Festival descending upon Schull for another year beginning on Wednesday. Gig goers take note of Crash Ensemble's sundown show Saturday. For full details visit

Also going down around town this week:
  • Bluegrass and americana with The Prairie Jaywalkers in Coughlan's (Tuesday)
  • Acoustic performance from The Stunning Live at St. Luke’s (Friday)
  • Steve Wickham (The Waterboys) Live at St. Luke’s (Saturday)
  • Billy Carter in Fred's (Sunday)
For a day-by-day breakdown of gigs taking place in both Cork city and county over the next three weeks see below.


Tuesday 23rd May
- Song Factory, Granary Theatre, 8pm, €15/€12
- Ledz Presence, Cyprus Avenue, 9pm, €10
- The Prairie Jaywalkers, Coughlan’s, 9pm, FREE
- Acoustic Session, De Barra’s (Clonakilty), 9.30pm, FREE

Wednesday 24th May
Cork Improvised Music Club: Meds and Nonsleep, Gulpd, 9.30pm, €3

- Alex & The Soul Bakers, Crane Lane, 11.55pm, FREE
- Harvest, Oliver Plunkett, 9.30pm, FREE

Thursday 25th May
- Some Rise Some Fall – album launch, Coughlan’s, 9pm, €10

- Jawbone, Charlie’s Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- The Fontaines, Crane Lane, 11.55pm, FREE
- The Midnight Rambles, Oliver Plunkett, 11.59pm, FREE

Friday 26th May
- The Stunning (acoustic), Live at St. Luke’s, 7.30pm, €26
- Ailbhe Reddy & Maria Kelly, Coughlan’s, 9.30pm, €10- Hugh Cornwell, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm, €22
- Hornets, The Poor Relation, 8pm, €6
So Far SoundsSecret Venue, 7.30pm, FREE

- Crazy Chester, Charlie’s Bar, 10.30pm, FREE
- Tim Grimm & Family, Levis’ Corner Bar (Ballydehob), 8pm, €Pass the Hat
- The Elation and MKAI, JJ Coppingers (Midleton), 9pm, FREE

Saturday 27th May
- Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Live at St. Luke’s, 7.30pm, €22.50
- Joe Chester & Vyvienne Long, Crane Lane Theatre, 9pm, FREE
- Hot Blooded Animals, Coughlan’s, 10pm, FREE
- Dr. Dec & The Side Effects, Charlie’s Bar, 10.30pm, FREE
- Taboo, Urban Jungle, 10pm, FREE
- Africa Day Cork 2017, Fitzgerald Park, 12pm, FREE
- Cork Community Gamelan workshop, St, Peter's, 3pm, FREE
- Crash Ensemble, West Pier, Long Island (Schull), Sundown, FREE

Sunday 28th May
Sunday Times: New Jackson, The Bowery, 8pm, €TBC
- Brewhouse Jazz, Franciscan Well, 6.30pm, FREE
- Richard Farrell & Richard Ray, Crane Lane, 11.55pm, FREE
- Billy Carter and The Grunts, Fred's, 9pm, FREE
- Céilí All-Stars, De Barra’s (Clonakilty), 3pm, FREE
- Richard Farrell & Richard Ray, Levis (Ballydehob), 6.30pm, €Pass the Hat

Monday 29th May
- Full Moon Club, The Abbey Tavern, 9.30pm, FREE
- The Americhanics Monday Americana Session, Coughlan’s, 9pm, FREE
- Hank Wedel & Ray Barron, Charlie’s Bar, 9.30pm, FREE
- Ó Bhéal – Poetry, Films & Open Mic, The Long Valley, 9.30pm, FREE

If I have forgotten a show or listed a gig incorrectly feel free to let me know! Please make sure to confirm gig details with the official site in advance.

- For more gigs and dates see the overall gig guide here
- For those more interested in independent cinema visit the Triskel cinema listings here

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